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Strawberry Syrup Recipe (Strawberry Sauce)

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This Strawberry Syrup Recipe is incredibly easy and uses only 4 ingredients. It’s perfect for pancakes, ice cream or cheesecake topping and more.

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During the peak of strawberry season in June, I just can’t get enough of them. Buying them off season from the stores is always such a let-down, even if they look beautiful.

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This fresh strawberry syrup recipe or strawberry sauce is a great way to preserve this gorgeous summer fruit for at least a few months.

NOTE: Even though this syrup is pictured in canning jars, this is not a recipe for canning the syrup!

Since this recipe has corn starch in it, it is not suitable for canning. If you want a syrup that is suitable for canning, you have to use Clear- Jel such as in this Cherry Pie Filling or use regular pectin to thicken the sauce such as this Blackberry Syrup recipe.

What you need

  • fresh strawberries – or use your own frozen strawberries or a high quality store bought but I strongly suggest using your own. Either fresh or frozen.
  • sugar – can use a sugar substitute according to package directions, raw or turbinado sugar or honey.
  • lemon juice – I suggest using bottled lemon juice.
  • water
  • cornstarch
Ingredients for strawberrysyrup- berries, lemon juice, cornstarch, sugar.Pin

How to make it

  1. Rinse berries under cold water. Remove hulls. Angle a small paring knife in next to the hull and gently lift toward the blade end up to remove them.
  2. Chop berries into small pieces. Add berries, water, lemon juice and sugar to a small saucepan.
  3. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and simmer for about 10 minutes until the strawberries are soft. (See notes below for a smooth syrup.)
  4. Mix cornstarch with a bit of warm water from the tap. Stir until cornstarch is dissolved.
  5. Add to strawberries. Continue to simmer for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly until sauce thickens. Remove from heat.
  6. Place in jar or containers. Allow it to cool to room temperature. Then, refrigerate.
Step by step photographs of the process for making strawberry syrup. See details in recipe below.Pin

How to make syrup smooth

To make it smooth textured, proceed with above instructions to step 5. After strawberries have softened, purée the contents of the pan with an immersion blender or in a large food processor. Make sure you cover the processor with a kitchen towel, in case of spills. It is hot an can badly burn you.

Once the syrup is smooth to your liking, add it back to the pot and reheat. Then add the cornstarch to thicken it. Continue with the above instructions.

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How long will sauce last in the refrigerator?

This sauce will last at least one month, refrigerated, if it ever lasts that long without someone eating it!

How to use strawberry syrup

This syrup is so versatile. Use it

  • for pancakes, French toast and waffles
  • as an ice cream topping
  • as a cheese cake topping.
  • for vanilla pudding
  • pour it over yogurt or cottage cheese.
  • use it for drinks. Pour some club soda or seltzer over to make a fizzy beverage or add to milk or iced tea. Spice it up and make cocktails.
  • give it as hostess gifts.

Important recipe notes

  • There is no need to skim the foam from the top of the cooking berries. The foam will dissipate after adding cornstarch.
  • Use fresh or home frozen berries for this recipe. The flavor will be better than store bought.
  • Do not use this recipe for water bath or pressure canning. It is not shelf stable.
  • Store syrup in refrigerator.
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Strawberry Syrup Recipe

This Strawberry Syrup Recipe is incredibly easy and uses only 4 ingredients. It’s perfect for pancakes, ice cream or cheesecake topping and more.
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Course: sauce, syrup,
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 32 tablespoons
Calories: 16kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $3

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch

Instructions

  • Rinse berries under cold water.
    2 cups fresh strawberries
  • Remove hulls. Angle a small paring knife in next to the hull and gently lift toward the blade end up to remove them.
  • Chop berries into small pieces.
  • Add berries, water, lemon juice and sugar to a small saucepan.
    ½ cup Sugar, 1 Tbsp lemon juice, ½ cup water
  • Stir until sugar is dissolved. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and simmer for about 10 minutes until the strawberries are soft. (See notes below for a smooth syrup.)Mix cornstarch with a bit of warm water from the tap. Stir until cornstarch is dissolved.
    1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • Add to strawberries. Continue to simmer for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly until sauce thickens. Remove from heat.
  • Place in jars or containers. Allow it to cool to room temperature. Then, refrigerate.
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Notes

You can substitute strawberries that you have frozen from fresh. See this article to learn how to freeze strawberries.

IMPORTANT RECIPE NOTES

  • There is no need to skim the foam from the top of the cooking berries. The foam will dissipate after adding cornstarch.
  • Use fresh or home frozen berries for this recipe. The quality will be better than store bought.
  • Do not use this recipe for water bath or pressure canning. It is not shelf stable because it contains cornstarch!

HOW TO USE STRAWBERRY SYRUP

This syrup is so versatile. Use it
  • for pancakes, French toast and waffles
  • as an ice cream topping
  • as a cheesecake topping.
  • for vanilla pudding
  • pour it over yogurt or cottage cheese.
  • use it for drinks. Pour some club soda or seltzer over to make a fizzy beverage or add to milk or iced tea.
  • give it as hostess gifts.
 
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Nutrition

Serving: 1tablespooon | Calories: 16kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg
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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love the sound of this strawberry syrup – I am definitely going to be making this to put on my pancakes! Yum.

  2. 5 stars
    Your recipe is a treasure! I was going to make Pavlova cake and was looking for a strawberry sauce recipe. WOW! I am lucky enough!

  3. 5 stars
    I Made for a gathering and it was a hit, everyone loved it! Will definitely make it again!

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